Germany's R&D landscape is characterized by a close cooperation between science and economy. It is based on the dense and decentralized network of more than 400 universities and technical colleges. But the availability of highly qualified university graduates all over Germany is not the only thing it ensures.
Also the private industry uses these valuable opportunities for cooperation and the access channels to fundamental and applied research at the universities. The findings of the work performed there are effectively used for industrial implementation. Scientists can easily be integrated into the corporate teams of developers and researchers. In addition, laboratory equipment is increasingly made available by the institutes.
Germany even made significant progress in formal technology transfer over the last years. This includes the patent exploitation offices established since 2001 enabling a commercialization of results subject to property rights created in the universities and their transfer to the industry. And, research institutes outside the university have their own exploitation bodies.
Thus, it is not surprising that international decision makers praise the knowledge transfer between companies and universities in Germany.You can find this fragment in the following contexts: